Title ETHIT Europe thinks in Tourism. Tourism Knowledge Network in Europe
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-67368
Product 10. European Tourism Knowledge Network
Title 10. European Tourism Knowledge Network
Product Type website
Project product nº 10 - This is the main output of the ETHIT project. The ETHIT platform is an adaptation of the Tourism Knowledge Network developed by Formación Digital at national
level. In order to guarantee the necesary quality and sustainability, the network is powered by Drupal, which a free software and the structure has been totally modified according to the research and analysis work developed by partners who have determined the structure (tabs, menus, functionalities, etc.) of the network.
The development of this product itself constitutes the achievement of the
project objectives since the main goal of the project was to create the ETHIT
European platform in tourism that is available at www.thinkintourism.com
The issue is to determine if the resulting platform is the most effective for
engaging users and achieving a massive use within the tourism industry in the
different countries. Despite this is the most efficient solution that we were able
to fine given the constraints for the development of the platform, there is room
for many improvements in order to make it the most effective collaborative
learning platform that become a referent for all actors in the tourism industry.
The priority that partners gave in all moment to the multilingüism and
thepossibility of posting and replying in 7 languages was a factor of complexity
that led to rule out some other technical solutions that would have been more
effective in terms of visual attractiveness of the interface, user-friendliness and
ease of use.
Project partners/ Final users / Educational and Research community /
Stakeholders in the tourism industry
The evaluation of the Network, as main result of the project has been carried out
both internally by the partners and externally by the external evaluator through
The conclusions of the partner evaluation and the external evaluation explained
in detail in the attached report are basically the same:
- The platform conception is a really good idea and generates a lot of
expectations in the users when they know about this idea.
- The platform has been developed involving a lot of efforts and is a valid tool for
informal learning and exchange of ideas, knowledge and resources of their
- The most outstanding aspect is the multilingüism and the possibility to interact
in the platform in 7 different languages
- There are a relevant critical mass of contents that can be of interest for
potential users joining the platform.
However, the aspects that need to be improved are:
- limited possibilities for interaction between users
- The use of the different functionalities is not intuitive or self-explanatory and
then the use is a bit complicated
Area of application
Main project result, basis for the implementation of the project.
Dissemination and exploitation